In 2015 Kathryn Steinle was killed by an illegal immigrant named Lopez-Sanchez. He was a Mexican national that was later arrested and charged with murder. Although he said that it was not his gun and that the shooting was totally accidental, he could be facing life in prison or manslaughter charges. The death of Steinle spurred law makers to pass HR3011, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015, also known as Kate’s Law. This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase from two years to five years the maximum prison term for an alien who reenters after being denied admission, excluded, deported, or removed.
President Trump vowed to deport illegal immigrants living in the US and setup VOICE.
The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office was established under the United States Department of Homeland Security under the Trump administration in February 2017. The VOICE is a bridge between ICE and victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. The VOICE office will also issue quarterly reports to highlight crimes by foreign nationals in the United States.
The Pew Research noted that Mexicans are no longer the largest group of illegal immigrants in the US. They only make up about 5.6 million that’s down from 6.6 million. Immigrants from Asia, Central America and the Middle East are increasing.
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